High School College Prep Research Paper
This new nine-week course is designed to equip students to write a college-level research paper, from the initial stages of developing a topic or thesis, through the research and note-taking process, to a revised and polished final draft. Students in this class will be held to higher standards and more rigorous feedback than in our traditional Research Paper Workshop.
Note: The nature of Research Paper Workshops makes them valuable to retake as often as you like. By selecting a different paper topic each time, students will benefit from multiple experiences with these courses. We recommend college-bound students complete no less than three formal research papers in their high school years.
Students who complete the course will be able to…
- Define the various types of research paper.
- Create a clear and concise topic sentence or thesis statement.
- Identify and collect appropriate, varied, and useful research material.
- Use a note card system for taking notes.
- Organize and outline the paper prior to composing a first draft.
- Properly cite sources in the paper according to MLA standards.
- Create a properly-formatted works cited page.
- Draft and revise an informative and/or persuasive research paper written at an acceptable college level.
- Respond to feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.